Lollis, of Covington, said her daughters were spending the weekend with their father when she got the phone call about the accident. She immediately went to Grady, where doctors have told her Alyssa is fortunate to have survived.
“My world has completely turned upside down,” Lollis said. “I’m still in shock.”
On Monday, Alyssa endured a four-hour surgery, and many more will follow, Lollis said. Many of Alyssa’s burns are third-degree, but her back is the most severely burned and has doctors most concerned.
Lollis said her youngest daughter likely faces months in the hospital, followed by an extensive recovery period. But one of the hardest parts for Lollis is knowing that the incident could have been avoided.
“Anything can happen, just like that. Children will be children,” Lollis said. “They should never be left unattended, ever. This was a very preventable thing that happened.”
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but so far, no criminal charges have been filed. Sheriff Joe Chapman has called the child’s burns a tragic accident.
On Tuesday, birthday cake and gifts were a distraction for 4-year-old Kayleigh, Lollis said. But before Lollis left to return to Grady late Tuesday, Kayleigh had one message for Alyssa.
“Tell sissy I love her,” Kayleigh said.